Yevgenia Medvedeva scored 81.06 points in the team event short program, the highest short program score ever recorded under the current system. The Shibutani siblings also skated in Sochi, where they finished ninth in ice dance, but this is their first time taking part in the team event at the Games. Still they were the only team to score into the 80's, earning a 80.51.
For many sports fans who tune into figure skating only once every four-year Olympic cycle, Sunday's women's short program offered the first look at Tennell, a 20-year-old from Winfield, Ill., who had no global profile to speak of just six months ago.
Bradie Tennell skated a clean short program - which included a triple Lutz, triple toe combination, a triple loop and a double Axel - to finish fifth in the phase and earn Team USA six points.
Through the short dance phase, Canada leads the rest of the field in the team event with 27 points. But Tennell handily earned a spot on the 2018 Olympic team with her steadiness in a technically rigorous program at U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, not missing a jump throughout the competition.
Reigning World bronze medalist Gabrielle Daleman will compete for Team Canada in the free skate of the ladies event.
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Virtue and Moir will skate in the free dance portion of the event Monday for Canada.
The Shibutanis were chosen over USA champs Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and the team of Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
Alex Shibutani, 26, and his sister Maia, 23, originally from Boston, are making their second appearance in the Olympics.
"We are a little surprised by the score, to be honest". The athletes are judged as usual, but standings are determined by points. They received level four for their rotational lift, diagonal step sequence and twizzles, but received a level two for their rhumba and a level three for pattern dance step sequence. Finally, the athletes in the ice dancing event will begin at 10:20 p.m. NBC (live stream) will broadcast these competitions, and fans can watch every event airing on NBC via FuboTV. Both teams will compete again Monday in the free dance of the team event.